Chesterton High School publications win at state convention

2013-10-27T00:00:00Z Chesterton High School publications win at state conventionTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHESTERTON | It was a big day for the Chesterton High School yearbook staff Oct. 18.

At the Indiana High School Press Association’s annual convention, staff members received seven first-place Harvey Awards for their work on the 2012-13 yearbook.

It its first year in Division III, placing it with schools of 2,000 students or more, CHS swept the major categories, beating out several schools that have been recognized at the national level in recent years.

Winners included senior Sheila Swibes for best overall student life section, seniors Katie Smith and Jessica Ciesielski for best overall album section, senior Paige Vlietstra for best overall organizations section, seniors Natalie Richardson, Vlietstra and Smith for best overall academics section and senior Sydney Sharpe for best overall sports section.

In addition, seniors Angel Knopick and Vlietstra took home top honors for best news photo and best feature story respectively.

"I think we were so successful because we really came together and combined all our great ideas into one," Ciesielski said.

"The chemistry between the staff was awesome last year," added 2012-13 Editor-In-Chief Katie Haggerty, a 2013 graduate.

Earlier this year the staff found out that Jostens would be featuring their work in an annual anthology of top yearbook content.

William Caulton, last year’s adviser, said there was a pretty big buzz at Jostens’ regional printing plant back in August as the Chesterton yearbooks were rolling off the presses.

"Before I even had my hands on an actual copy of the book, several people from Jostens had contacted me raving about its quality," Caulton said.

Caulton said after that the staff made goals for the year. He said the student leaders set the bar high and, more importantly, followed through.

This year’s staff, as well as the newspaper staff, also received recognition at the state convention, as five students won awards for their work in on-site contests.

Winners were junior Payton Norlington, first place in infographic design; junior Greg Mochen, second place in sports writing; junior Avery Nunez, second place in yearbook theme development; junior Alyssa Clemento, second place in yearbook design; and senior Alexis Persuhn, second place in student life design.

The current yearbook adviser is John Thanos. The newspaper is advised by John Hayduk.

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